Woking– 15 th April, 2011– Offering kids and parents an alternative to owning a real-life pet, the new Fantastic Pets TM video game from THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) combines  augmented reality with the controller-free technology made possible by Kinect TM for Xbox 360® for an incredible experience that brings virtual pets right into the home.

Available today in all major retailers nationwide, Fantastic Pets brings animals to life in a way unlike any other pet simulation game.  Augmented reality technology makes it possible for players to see themselves in real time on the TV screen interacting with a pet they have created– as ordinary as a puppy or as whimsical as a dragon– that respond to their gesture and voice commands, similar to how they would interact with a real pet.

Fantastic Pets is an amazing game that lets kids play with their virtual pets in a whole new way,” said Martin Good, THQ Executive Vice President, Kids, Family and Casual Division. “Kinect made it possible for us to be among the first to explore and develop an augmented reality game unlike any other.  In this game, kids are able to see their pets come to life next to them on the TV screen as if they were real.”

As the first augmented reality game on Kinect for Xbox 360, Fantastic Pets provides an entirely different gaming experience for the family.  Players start with four animals– dog, cat, horse and lizard– that can be morphed into imaginative creations from mystical unicorns to ferocious dragons.  Once players have created their very own fantasy pet, they enter a world in which they can play with their pets through several mini-games that range from fetching, grooming, and feeding their pets to a series of mini-games that include popping piñatas, partaking in talent shows and many others. 

Fantastic Pets, developed by Blitz Game Studios, is rated E for everyone and is available at the suggested retail price of£34.99. 

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software.  The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.  Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.  More information about THQ and its products may be found at  THQ, Fantastic Pets and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc. 

Sam Brace

PR Consultant, THQ UK

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